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image of Large dish with scale border; in the center, an imperial Roman figure and the letter N crowned Deruta 16th Century (ceramist)
Large dish with scale border; in the center, an imperial Roman figure and the letter N crowned, c. 1510/1540
tin-glazed earthenware (maiolica)
overall (diameter): 42.6 cm (16 3/4 in.)
Widener Collection
1942.9.320
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From the Tour: Italian Renaissance Ceramics
Object 14 of 25

Conservation Notes

Earthenware, covered on the front and partially on the edge with a white tin glaze, on the back with a pockmarked semitranslucent creamy brown glaze overlying streaks of tin glaze. The painting is in blue, with luster varying from yellowish gold to patchy pink. In the foot ring are two holes, made before firing, placed so that the dish hangs correctly from them. There are several kiln scars on the back, beneath the rim and the curving sides of the well. Slight cracks run from the edge at six o'clock and ten o'clock. There is wear and chipping on the outer and inner edges of the rim, with extensive overpaint on the outer edge. The glaze on the front is somewhat scratched.

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